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Where Do Dragonflies Sleep?
Wednesday 18 June 2014   —   Category: Shooting
Where do dragonflies sleep? Apparently, one place is on the backyard wall of my house, as I discovered this morning when I went out to consult the thermometer hanging on another part of the wall just a couple of feet away.

At first it kind of freaked me out to see, out of the corner of my eye, this big black thing hanging on the wall. After a double take, I recognized a photo op when I saw one! Even though I had my pocket camera with me — I had just returned from my daily neighborhood walk — I wanted the best image quality possible. So I ran back upstairs, grabbed my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, mounted my Olympus 75mm prime lens, ran back downstairs, and got some shots.

Because it was early morning and the dragonfly was in the shade, it didn’t have much color. I determined, therefore, that I would get better results by processing the image as black and white. As usual, you can see a larger version by clicking on the photo.
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Reader Comments
On August 7, 2014, Cindy wrote:
Hi, I wanted to share something I observed about dragonflies and found very interesting this year. I live by a park and 1000's fly in the park in the summer time. I notice at about 7:00 p.m. several of them flying into my back yard, up into my camellia trees, grabbing on and hanging like a leaf, and sleeping for the night.
On September 26, 2014, Amy wrote:
Thank you, Brian!
My 8 year old daughter and I stood in our backyard a couple of weeks ago amid literally hundreds of dragonflies as they had a late afternoon feast. It was too cool to even leave for a minute to retrieve my camera to film it. Just one of those life experiences you drink in and know that a reproduction would not do justice to the spectacle.
At any rate, this spurred some interesting conversations about ecology and specific questions, one of them being about where these amazing creatures sleep at night.
So now I can tell my daughter that they sleep at your house. She may want to visit....
Seriously, thank you for sharing a cool photo.
On May 17, 2017, Gina wrote:
I have a dragon fly that has been on my patio ceiling for 3 days now. I moved his wing and he still seems to be alive. I have not seen it leave this spot. I am confused. What is it doing? Sleeping for 3 day? First I thought he is only there because of the rain. But it is nice out today and he is still hanging in the same spot. Beautiful.
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